Although each child is different, most begin to lose their teeth around the age of six. As a parent, you know this is a completely normal part of growing up. As a kid, the news can be quite jarring. After all, how would you feel if you lost one of your teeth right now? The good news is that there are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to pulling a loose tooth that will help you and your little one navigate these new waters. To learn what they are, read on!
The Dos and Don’ts of Pulling a Loose Tooth
Whether your child’s tooth is barely able to wiggle or is barely hanging on, it’s important to do your best to be calm and patient. Being forceful and aggressive can make the experience traumatic and make them fear the next time one of their teeth becomes loose. Here are a few dos and don’ts to help make the process as smooth as possible:
- DO encourage them to use their tongue to wiggle the tooth loose
- DON’T pull the tooth before it’s ready to come out
- DO your best to make the experience fun, not scary
- DON’T worry about blood (if a tooth is ready, it won’t bleed very much)
- DO provide your child with crunchy foods, like apples, to speed up the process
- DON’T use tactics like the string-and-doorknob trick
What If My Child’s Adult Teeth Come In Too Soon?
Many parents worry when their child’s adult teeth begin to make an appearance before their baby teeth have fallen out. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as “shark teeth” and is completely normal. If your child’s primary teeth are loose, then gently encourage them to continue wiggling them. If your child’s primary teeth aren’t loose, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with their primary dentist to discuss the next best steps.
What If My Child’s Tooth Won’t Budge?
As mentioned above, no two smiles are the same. While some children lose teeth one right after the other, other children have more stubborn teeth that aren’t ready to come out. The solution in this case is not to opt for a more aggressive method, like the string-and-doorknob trick. This can result in dental damage and seriously traumatize your little one. Instead, schedule an appointment with their pediatric dentist to get their opinion. From there, they can take a look at your child’s teeth and determine the best course of action.
It’s normal to be excited about your child losing a tooth – it’s an important rite of passage! If you (or your child) have a question or need some assistance along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out to their pediatric dentist.
About the Practice
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is where your family will find a kid-friendly practice, compassionate team, and convenient appointment options. We love helping parents keep their child’s smile happy and healthy, and we’re always here to answer any questions that arise as they grow up. If you have a question about your child’s oral health or you’d simply like to schedule an appointment, then don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (860) 224-2419.